Learning about traditional Inca cultures or the varied flora and fauna species of Costa Rica can spark a global awareness that not many children are lucky enough to have. Plus, exposure to some of the most incredible natural phenomenons will foster a deep respect for the environment.
However, before deciding that international nature travel is right for your family there are some things to consider.
Prep your child for the processes of clearing encounter at security checkpoints both in the U.S. and in the foreign country. Remember, if a child is traveling with someone who is not their parent, such as a grandparent, or with only one parent, they need to carry a notarized permission slip signed by both parents or by the parent who is not traveling.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends that children follow all of the same precautions regarding anti-malarial medications, vaccinations and medical suggestions that adults take prior to travel.
It is also important to determine whether your child is old enough for the journey you have in mind. There are age restrictions on some activities — such as gorilla treks in Uganda and Rwanda — that may limit your options.